Debunk

Debunk: (v) to expose as being false

Perhaps the easiest job in the world would be to debunk the Bible.

After all, there aren’t many big fish swallowing men, talking serpents, fishermen walking on the water, or seas pulling back so people can stroll on dry land nowadays.

Sometimes, simply reciting the Bible’s claims is enough to make a room full of mature adults giggle.

And then, all the debunkers and those devotees who’ve enjoyed their exploits can gather at the local pub and pat each other on the back for exposing the superstition of holy scripture.

But eventually, all of them have to leave the party and go home, where they climb into a bed by themselves and realize they feel just a little more alone.

 

Bearing

Bearing: (n) a person’s way of standing or moving.Dictionary B

It’s one of those old-fashioned words that only comes up during a conversation about a period piece in a movie,

“He or she carried himself or herself with great bearing.”

Unfortunately, even though the word is not commonly used, the surrounding fluff and circumstance still exist. Yes, there is an attitude we feel is necessary for human beings to confirm that they are getting their way and being accounted for something.

We believe this to be a balance of conceit and temperance. Therefore, since we’re not very good at temperance, we tolerate conceit in one another until we get sick of it and find a way to tear the conceited fool down, making him or her look stupid.

It seems to be a national pastime.

“Let’s build these people up, let them get conceited, and then criticize them when they get arrogant.”

It may be this generation’s goal to redefine “bearing.” Maybe we could establish that what makes human beings powerful is using their ability without advertising their horsepower.

It’s what we all like.

Damn, we just love someone who comes along and can pull off near-miracles without bragging about walking on water.

Yet simultaneously, we advertise that self-worth is established by waving your flag and insisting you’ve taken the hill.

We are in an odd time. So may I redefine “bearing?”

It is the process of finding something you can do, getting better at it before you advertise yourself, and then being satisfied with the fruits of your labor instead of requiring worship from the mob. 

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